Although the NHL doesn't typically announce the Winter Classic location and teams until the summer, early reports are trickling in that the 2018 Classic will feature the New York Rangers vs. the Buffalo Sabres on Citi Field in New York City. This would be a whopper of a classic and there are some interesting details. First off, -The Sabres would be "hosting" the game. Even though the game is in NYC, something about the Rangers contract with MSG prohibits them from playing a home game anywhere else. So Buffalo will only have 40 games in Key Bank Center. I'm not familiar with the contract itself so please do your own research for more info. -This is the 10th Anniversary of the first Winter Classic. Crazy that this tradition has been around for 10 years already. I think it's only fitting for Buffalo to participate given that it was started in Buffalo with the thriller that ended in a shootout vs Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. -The game is probably going to be touted as a serious All American/ Young Guns vs. Old Guard. The NHL has recently been more interested in Jack Eichel and look for him to get a lot of media leading up to the game, as he and Auston Matthews have become the poster children for American hockey. (Too bad it's not Buffalo vs. Toronto. That would have been a doozy. But NYC is a big market so...) New York is obviously one of the American teams from the original 6 and in short it will be a good game for American media and markets. Also the Sabres roster is young and (hopefully) on the rise with young players like Eichel, Reinhart, Nylander, etc... while the Rangers sport fixtures of the league like Lundqvist, and not old but not too young Ryan McDonagh. Could be very much like the original classic where the Sabres were the experienced old guard with Miller, Vanek, Pomminville, etc vs young superstar Crosby and his crew. Very exciting for everyone involved. Can't wait for January 1st.